It's useless trivia time! - Page 2 - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat
GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat

Go Back   GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat > General Offtopic Chat > Lounge

Lounge For casual talk about things unrelated to General Motors. In other words, off-topic stuff. And anything else that does not fit Section Description.

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-23-2008, 05:33 PM   #11
Senior Member
Posts like a Turbo
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 364
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mopar MAN is on a distinguished road
Default Re: It'* useless trivia time!

Originally Posted by sandrock
1) Battleships, no matter their country of origin, were mostly made of steel, but their decks were made from oak or teak, which made them vulnerable to bomb attacks (hence the massive AA arrays all around the deck). Why? Because if their decks were made of steel plating, they would shatter whenever their main turrets fired their rounds off. The wood deck actually acted as shock absorbers for their massive recoil..
Sorry, that'* wrong. Battleship decks are steel too. The wood goes OVER the steel for two reasons: varnished and sealed wood provides a layer of protection from the salt waters corrosive effects and.....holystoning and maintainence gives 2,000 some otherwise idle sailors something to do. You could actually stand on deck beside the turret while it was firing, with no ill effects beyond never ever ever hearing anything again. Standing in front of the muzzles, however.....
Battleships had massive arrays of AA guns for one main reason: The AA guns were needed to protect the aircraft carriers, and only battleships had the space and reserve tonnage available, most other ships did not.

Sorry, this has always bugged me, along with the "The gun blast was so large, the guncrew had to lie on the ground with their mouths open or it would blow up their lungs."
"I have a hammer! I can put things together! I can knock things apart! I can alter my environment at will and make an incredible din all the while! Ah, it'* great to be male!"

Mopar MAN is offline   Reply With Quote

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Useless time wasting post.... Paco.McGraw Lounge 0 03-15-2008 09:03 PM
Useless Trivia Time PontiacMom Lounge 11 08-25-2006 08:10 PM
trivia- daylight saving time Gumball Lounge 20 10-30-2005 09:29 PM
Yall are useless (and not helping) bmsgaffer86 Lounge 8 07-10-2003 02:58 AM
More useless findings... Drifter420 Lounge 36 10-17-2002 11:13 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:42 AM.